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A huge welcome from all our trustees to our site for SASW Trust. Depending on who you are and how you ended up reading this, here's three sections that should help you find what you're after. Enjoy browsing!
Go to Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Enter our Charity Supporters & Volunteers section to find our news of our local work and the various ways to support, pray and join in.

Go to Schools Information, Bookings & Video Resources

Schools Information, Bookings & Video Resources

Enter our Schools Information, Bookings and Video Resources section for school staff to discover what we have to offer local primary and secondary schools.

Go to “Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

“Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

If you’re a young person who connects with our work (or would like to) through local Safe Spaces in schools, then select here to enter our dedicated youth site: safes.uk

New: Connect Kids Project for local church groups

If you are involved in a local church in Southport and want to enable the children connected with that church the chance to take the theme’s from our primary school assemblies a little deeper in terms of faith content and discipleship, check out our new Connect Kids video project:
www.saswtrust.com/connectkids

About

We are a Scripture Union Local Mission Partner working in partnership with the Pais Movement, and set up in 1999 by churches and Christians in Southport and Formby, who wanted to serve their local schools.

For two decades, the majority of schools across Southport, Formby and surrounding areas have benefitted through assemblies, lessons, presentations and extra-curricular clubs and activities. These have been delivered by our employed schools worker, a team of local church volunteers, a Pais Project team of gap year apprentices, and most recently a part time sports ministry leader.

Our aim is to see this work continue, grow and develop through working in partnership with local schools and local churches, in order to see that great impact across Southport in the years to come, which is very much in our hearts and prayers.
“Light, Faith and Mission with an Emerging Generation”

- David Taberner, Schools Worker

Our Aims:
+ To contribute to the educational, moral and spiritual development of young people by working in partnership with teachers, youth leaders and other schools workers.
+ To work alongside teachers and their students to help develop an understanding of God’s presence and purpose in their lives.
+ To be a friend and resource to schools and colleges, Christian teachers and students.
+ To empower and equip young people to be a strong positive Christian influence in there schools.

In doing so the Trust will be:
+ Interdenominational
+ Representative of the churches in Southport & Formby.

What we do in schools:

Primary Schools

We are connected with most of the primary schools in Southport, Formby and the surrounding areas.
We will often go into schools and present an assembly covering a variety of topics such as Bullying, Getting on and falling out, Achieving Goals. This is usually done in a fun way using drama, music and other creative means.
We run a series of clubs, either at lunch time or after school, called the Awesome Club, where we teach ‘awesome skills’ based on the fruits of the Spirit found in Galations 5:22.
Our ‘Good Show’ project calls on a large group of volunteers and offers 3 presentations to the schools each year, one each term.
• A pantomime style dramatic presentation looking at the real meaning of Christmas
• A large-scale Easter presentation in the style of Mission Impossible, for which SASWTrust is renowned for.
• A presentation called Moving On for year sixes moving into high school.

Secondary Schools

As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith.
We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement.
We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects.
At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc.
Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education.
Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further.

OUR TEAM

We have a dynamic & active team, with a broad range of skills, coupled with a community of very generous volunteers.

David ”Tabz” Taberner

Schools Worker
David Taberner works full time for us and is also particularly involved in the Southport Methodist Circuit as a preacher as well as other churches and inter- church projects, such as Street Pastors, Christians Against Poverty, Sonfest and Southport Prayer. He’s been rather well educated in civil engineering and project management, but through a growing passion for young people and the Kingdom, he found a calling to our ministry five years ago. He also leads our local youth leaders’ forum, is a semi-pro musician, goes more casually by the name “Tabz”, and has a slightly characteristic hairstyle! (His wife is a lot cooler though!)

Hettie Taberner

“Good Sport” Coach and Programme Co-ordinator
Hettie Taberner is Tabz’s wife and moved to Southport in May 2017 taking up our post as pioneer of our Good Secondary Schools As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith. We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement. We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects. At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc. Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education. Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further. Sport Ministry. She is originally from Burnley, where she was a Kids Pastor for a large church alongside her Children In Need funded youth work job managing young volunteers on one of the 10 most deprived areas of the UK. Hettie is a qualified football coach, has played for two women’s teams, is a great singer, 83% extravert, and still manages to be way cooler than Tabz!

The Volunteers

Being incredible!
We couldn’t do what we do without an amazing bunch of people who volunteer upfront and behind the scenes to make the work of our charity so effective. Our vision is huge and needs to see the whole Church equipped to stretch across their communities to see this come to fruition.

Recent highlights from the team on social media:

Check out a snippet of what we recorded for Scripture Union and get in touch to find out more about #subackofthenet and how to use Football to connect with children and young people this summer! ⚽️ ☀️ ... See MoreSee Less

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More than ever, we are passionate about moving forwards with a real vision of hope for children and young people in Southport and beyond, and pray that this inspires you too! We want to make it as easy as possible for others to get on board and support such a vital cause right now. - mailchi.mp/d989981aca25/great-opportunities-financial-needs ... See MoreSee Less

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Wherever we can, we like to encourage supporting local businesses and building up our town’s local economy, but for those occasions when you need make an Amazon purchase anyway, how about making a charitable difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select Southport And Area Schools Worker Trust as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. How it works: 1. Open the Amazon app on your phone 2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programmes & Features 3. Select Southport And Area Schools Worker Trust as your charity 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app ... See MoreSee Less

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SASW Trust is a charity funded largely by Christian donors across Southport and beyond for the work with children and young people in the community, mainly through local schools.We believe there is great need and a lot of work to be done, particularly after the pandemic, to reignite purpose in the lives of the next generation. None of the many existing means, or any future ideas for development would be possible without generous charitable support. In this video Tabz, one of our staff members shares his heart for this important work, relaying a powerful plea from our Trust's treasurer.Here is what John, our treasurer, had to say in his most recent update:"For in excess of 20 years the work of the Trust has been generously financially provided for by our faithful band of supporters and local Churches. More latterly as the number of young people attending Church and the number of Churches which have a viable youth work has declined we felt it necessary to increase the scope of our outreach, consequently having for many years only employed one schools worker we now employ the wonderful Tabz and Hettie. We have instigated Good Sport ministry, have produced a vast library of on line material which is available permanently and can be accessed by anybody at any time and of course our core ministry of school visits has also been enhanced."This has been expensive, we have explored obtaining income from other sources and have been successful, unfortunately this type of income is usually provided as a single donation or for a limited time only. Those funds are coming to an end and whereas we are constantly trying to obtain income through other means they are unlikely to meet our needs permanently."It would be a great pity if we had to limit our ministry through lack of finance but the hard fact is that we can no longer employ both Tabz and Hettie if our income does not improve. Our deficit this year is likely to be at least £8K and next year much higher."We currently have about 35 faithful individual supporters who give anywhere from £5 to £200 each month , we are truly indebted to them. If we could try to double that number our problems would be much alleviated. "Is God prompting YOU to be one of that select band who bless the young people of Southport and beyond in bringing the Kingdom of God into our town with all its benefits or is it just for others."Please pray about this and maybe be part of this so necessary ministry.Thank you" ... See MoreSee Less

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